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Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System after Mercury. In English, Mars carries a name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the 'Red Planet'. The latter refers to the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars' surface, which gives it a reddish appearance distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.

My Favorite Martian Image: ‘Enchanted’ Rocks at Jezero Crater

“Not even Obi-Wan Kenobi could convince Perseverance’s Katie Stack Morgan that these are not the rocks she’s looking for. Ask any space explorer, and they’ll have a favorite photograph or two from their mission. For Katie Stack …

NASA’s Curiosity Captures Stunning Views of a Changing Mars Landscape

“Striking rock formations documented by the rover provide evidence of a drying climate in the Red Planet’s ancient past. For the past year, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has been traveling through a transition zone from a clay-rich region …

NASA’s InSight Gets a Few Extra Weeks of Mars Science

“The mission’s team has chosen to operate its seismometer longer than previously planned, although the lander will run out of power sooner as a result. As the power available to NASA’s InSight Mars lander diminishes by the day …

Ingenuity Adapts for Mars Winter Operations

“As detailed in our last blog post, for the first time in our yearlong extended mission we had a loss of communications with Ingenuity from the downlink of May 3 (Sol 427) and May 4 (Sol 428). After a week …

NASA’s Perseverance Studies the Wild Winds of Jezero Crater

“The rover’s weather sensors witnessed daily whirlwinds and more while studying the Red Planet. During its first couple hundred days in Jezero Crater, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover saw some of the most intense dust activity ever witnessed by …

NASA’s InSight Still Hunting Marsquakes as Power Levels Diminish

“Dusty solar panels and darker skies are expected to bring the Mars lander mission to a close around the end of this year. NASA’s InSight Mars lander is gradually losing power and is anticipated to end science operations later …

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Spots Gear That Helped Perseverance Rover Land

“Eyeing some of the components that enabled the rover to get safely to the Martian surface could provide valuable insights for future missions. NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter recently surveyed both the parachute that helped the agency’s Perseverance rover …

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Captures Video of Solar Eclipse on Mars

“The Mastcam-Z camera recorded video of Phobos, one of the Red Planet’s two moons, to study how its orbit is changing over time. NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has captured dramatic footage of Phobos, Mars’ potato-shaped moon, crossing the …

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Reroutes Away From ‘Gator-Back’ Rocks

“To avoid patches of knife-edged rocks, the mission has taken an alternative path up Mount Sharp. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover spent most of March climbing the “Greenheugh Pediment” – a gentle slope capped by rubbly sandstone. The rover briefly summited …

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Hightails It to Martian Delta

“The rover’s self-driving capabilities will be put to the test this month as it begins a record-breaking series of sprints to its next sampling location. NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is trying to cover more distance in a single …